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MoDot prepares for winter

Date: November 30, 2006
By: Beverly Rivera
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Missouri Department of Transportation says if the expected snowstorm hits central Missouri, last year's extra salt supply will be used.

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District Maintenance Engineer, Mike Teel, says last year's mild winter resulted in unused salt.

He says  the local transportation department of central Missouri bought less salt this winter in order to use last year's excess salt.

 

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Description: Teel says the department keeps a year supply of salt on hand. He says the department has a lot of salt leftover from last winter.


Teel says the central Missouri department uses around 7,000 pounds of salt in an average winter.

He says that normally means between 20-24 inches of snow.

From the State Capitol, I'm Beverly Rivera.

 


Intro: The Department of Transportation says it does not waste time in ensuring the safety of Missouri roads.

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Mike Teel of the central Missouri transportation department says crews plow snow off roads as soon as it falls.

Teel says the department receives constant updates on the local weather through a contract with Weather or Not Weather Service.

The District Maintenance Engineer says the department sends its 173 trucks to clear roads as soon as snowfall is reported.
 
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Description: Teel says it's easier to plow snow off roads as it falls. He says it's harder to clear roads once the snow melts and turns to ice.
 
Teel says the department clears interstates and high volume routes first.
 
In total, the department maintains 7,000 miles of roadways in central Missouri.  

From the State Capitol, I'm Beverly Rivera.